An exploration of the factors influencing fathers' feelings about breastfeeding

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Abstract

Introduction

Although the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby are endlessly debated in contemporary health care practice, the influence of fathers on decisions and practice around infant feeding is rarely discussed. This article explores the literature around fathers' attitudes to breastfeeding and unpicks both the positive and negative impact of this on breastfeeding success. Indeed, Mannionet al(2013) also support the evidence recognising the significant effect fathers have on women's experience and success in initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.

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